Free Woodworking Plans to Build a 2×2 Cantilevered Table

08.08.10 By //
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential with Complete Instructions on How to Build a 2x2 Cantilevered Table via @thedesconf

This easy to build cantilevered table can be used for a variety of things, but my main purpose for creating this plan is to give you a table that can tuck under the edge of your sofa or a chair and sit over the armrest for use with a laptop, drinks, remotes, your book…whatever you might fancy. This would be fabulous outside next to a chaise lounge or reclining chair, it would even be a fabulous plant stand. Did I mention this is cheap to build? Yep super cheap, under $20 for the wood and you can use a box of construction screws meant for wood on wood building, which are typically cheaper and much more durable. You won’t tear out the top of your screws as frequently…

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

Under $25

  • Here you have a choice again…This decision has no bearing on strength or stability, this is simply a matter of choice based on availability and price.You will choose option 2 if 1×2’s are less expensive (my experience is that they generally aren’t) or if the selection of boards available in 1×2’s is better…
  • Option 1:
  • 4 – 2×2 at 8′
  • Option 2:
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′

NOTE // You will purchase one of the following 3 Screws, you don’t need all of them!

Option 1 Cut list:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 20″ (Base and Top Frame)
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24 1/2″ (Legs)
  • 11 – 2×2 at 17″ (Base, Top Frame and Table Slats)

Option 2 Cut list:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 20″ (Base and Top Frame)
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24 1/2″ (Legs)
  • 3 – 2×2 at 17″ (Base Frame and Top Frame)
  • 8 – 1×2 at 17″ (Table Slats)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Build the Base: if you are using a Kreg Jig, place your pocket holes on the inside of the 17″ piece. For regular screws fasten from the outside of the 20″ pieces into the 17″ piece on both sides.

Fasten the Legs to the top of the Base Frame: place pocket holes on the inside of legs.

Fasten the 20″ Top Frame pieces to the top of the Legs, then attach the 17″ Frame pieces to them. Once you have that structure in place you can attach your Table Slats.

If you are using a Pocket Hole System create your pockets as shown in the diagram below. If you are using regular screws to assemble, you might also consider attaching the slats by screwing from underneath the 20″ Top Frame pieces at an angle up into the slats to hide them. This is a bit trickier to do, and you will need to pre-drill with a countersink drill bit to avoid having your screw stick out a bit, but is definitely a possibility. You would need to use 2×2’s for the slats if you were going to do this last option. The image below shows this piece with 1×2 slats.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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